The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal (1973)

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After French President De Gaulle decides to grant independece for Algeria, disappointed generals decide to hire an assasin to kill him. They choose the Jackal, a most professional killer.

The only problem is that the generals are watched, and the plot is found out. The French Police appoints their best detective, Claude Lebel to track down the assasin, of who they only know his codemane, 'The Jackal'.

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When the French conclude - incorrectly - that Charles Calthrop is the Jackal, they contact the British authorities and obtain his file photograph from the passport office. The photograph is of Edward Fox in character as the Jackal - but it shouldn't be! The Jackal and Calthrop have no connection. The Jackal never used his identity and did not apply for a false passport in his name. The photo should have been of Edward Hardwicke in character as Charles Calthrop, who appears in the closing minutes of the film. The two actors do not look anything like each other.

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Trivia

Fred Zinnemann wanted the Jackal to be played by an anonymous actor, so he passed over established stars such as Michael Caine, Roger Moore, and Jack Nicholson in favor of Edward Fox. He later admitted that his decision might have been what contributed to the film's sub-par performance at the box office.

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